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Why Your Kitchen Needs a Dutch Oven

A note from your grandmother found in the kitchen… What’s that there? A Crock-Pot? Do I, your dear old gran, see an electric slow cooker in your kitchen? Posh! Back in my day, we didn’t need fancy gizmos to make a stew, pot roast or broccoli casserole. We did it the old fashioned way: A Dutch oven! Eh? You don’t have a Dutch oven? Of course, you do! I gave you one on your wedding day, and you left it …

Cutting Boards: Wood vs Plastic

You might think a cutting board is just a surface to keep your table or your countertop from getting sliced, but there is more to a cutting board than meets the knife. A lot more – and what material you choose can affect both flavour and food safety. So what’s the difference between wood, plastic and glass, the most common cutting board materials? Softness and hardness The first thing to keep in mind is how hard or soft your cutting …

Meatballs of the World

March 9 is Meatball Day, a time to celebrate one of the world’s oldest staples. The simple dish of balled-up minced meat has found its way into almost every national cuisine, from Italy to Israel to Canada. So join us as we sample meaty globes from around the globe – trust us, it’s going to be a ball. Italian (“big a-spicy”) meatballs Italy is our first stop on our meatball tour, home to those iconic meatballs served with pasta or …

Your Banana Bread Horoscope

Madame Zucchini here for more gastrological wisdom. As foretold (by the calendar), February 23 is Banana Bread Day – but which banana bread recipe is the most auspicious for you? Aquarius: Classic Banana Bread You’re an old soul, and you believe that the cookbooks of the 1930s (around when baking soda became popular) that first started praising the simple cake made from the pulp of overripe bananas had it right. The universe will reward your traditionalism with a hardy, softly …

How to Throw the Perfect Pizza Party

Saturday, February 9 is Pizza Day, and how better to celebrate it with an old fashioned pizza party? Nothing is more fun than gathering your friends to mix and match ingredients and then watch it all come together in the oven. And don’t worry – homemade pizza using the freshest ingredients and baked to perfection isn’t as difficult as you think. First, check out a basic recipe. Next, set your amateur pizza chef guests up for success with these steps: Make the …

A Comprehensive Guide to Yu Sheng

Writer Jo-ann Huang investigates a Lunar New Year tradition specific to Southeast Asia that has confounded her for over a decade At Chinese New Year, few dishes are as divisive as Yu Sheng. Do you revel in the ritual, tossing veggies as high as you can? Or do you have to be dragged kicking and screaming by your elders, rolling your eyes at how silly and superstitious it seems? Perhaps it’s less the ritual than the actual dish itself. While …